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[flag-pohl] /ˈflægˌpoʊl/
a staff or pole on which a flag is or can be displayed.
Also called flagstaff.
Origin of flagpole
1880-85; flag1 + pole1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The truth lies in details that are somewhat complex and are not at all as they have been run up the flagpole by the press.
  • From that angle the horizontal bar on the flagpole would be far too narrow to be resolved.
  • Sending people into space has about as much to do with science as flagpole-sitting.
  • Fact of the matter is, she's the candidate that has been run up the flagpole as an example of the others.
  • Note the fake parrot hitching a ride on the back and the patriotic flagpole.
  • The structure also sports red flags atop each flagpole above the new entrance.
  • On a cleared spot leading to the water stands a flagpole.
  • The size of the flag is determined by the exposed height of the flagpole from which it is flying.
  • Two days previously, the flagpole was set in cement.
  • He was buried near the campsite, and a headstone and flagpole currently stand there in his memory.
British Dictionary definitions for flagpole


noun (pl) -poles, -staffs, -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
a pole or staff on which a flag is hoisted and displayed
run something up the flagpole, to pursue a tentative course of action in order to gauge the reaction it receives
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run something up the flagpole

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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